passive attack

What is passive attack?

passive attack meaning in Internet terms is Definition: An actual assault perpetrated by an intentional threat source that attempts to learn or make use of information from a system, but does not attempt to alter the system, its resources, its data, or its operations.
Related Term(s): active attack
Adapted from: IETF RFC 4949, NIST SP 800-63 Rev 1


reference: Glossary | National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies